COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
1-People aged 65 years and older
2-People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
3-Other high-risk conditions could include:
– People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
– People who have serious heart conditions
– People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
– People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical
conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver
disease might also be at risk
– People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral
illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
We really want our seniors and high-risk patients to avoid catching any respiratory illnesses during this outbreak, because a cold, the flu, and COVID-19 can all look the same at first. What looks like a mild cold can actually be COVID-19 and days later turn into a major pneumonia.
In additional to just being over age 60 years, having a Chronic Medical Condition can also put a COVID-19 patient at higher risk for severe lung disease and death. Coronavirus prevention recommendations for the general population apply to everyone, but especially to high-risk people.
Help avoid colds, the flu, or COVID-19 by following some additional best practices:
1- Postpone trips until the Pandemic wanes
2- Avoid public places where you are closer than 1 meter from the next person
3- Wear a face mask if needing to go out and be around other people
4- Avoid large gatherings
5- Stay at home
6- Buying medications, groceries, and personal items – New companies deliver products straight to your home
7- call a doctor or request a home visit for any non-emergent issue during this outbreak